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Mississippi economy in slight rebound after 2 years of recession


By TED CARTER Several years after Washington declared the Great Recession over, Mississippi continued to endure its consequences, finishing both 2013 and 2014 with a shrinking economy. That tough stretch appears to be over, with the state’s economic negativity turning positive in the second quarter of 2015, state economists say. With 2013 and 2014 included, Mississippi has had a deficit in ...

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(UPDATE) POLLS ARE OPEN — Mississippi choosing Dem and GOP nominees for state offices


UPDATE — Mississippi voters on Tuesday are choosing Democratic and Republican nominees for governor and lieutenant governor. Three other statewide races have Republican primaries only. They are for auditor, treasurer and insurance commissioner. Polls are open until 7 p.m., and voters are required to show a driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification. Ballots also include some primaries for public ...

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Fitch tries to hold off GOP primary challenge from McRae

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JACKSON — First-term Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch is trying to fend off a Republican primary challenge from a fellow attorney who used to work in the Unclaimed Property division of her office. David McRae accuses Fitch of wasting taxpayers’ money on office decor and of mismanaging a state-sponsored college savings plan. Making his first run for public office, McRae has ...

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House speaker greeted by flag supporters at Neshoba Fair

A current flag supporter waves her protest sign and a small Mississippi state flag at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss., Thursday, July 30, 2015. A small number of protestors made their feelings known as they waves flags and signs in peaceful protest during an address by the Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, who has called for the flag's replacement. The fair is a traditional gathering place for politicians, area residents, business leaders, voters and families. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

PHILADELPHIA — About two dozen people who want to keep the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag held the banner in silent protest Thursday as Republican state House Speaker Philip Gunn spoke at the Neshoba County Fair. The fair is one of the year’s largest political gatherings, and Gunn’s speech was his biggest public appearance since late June, when he ...

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Neshoba County Fair speeches happening days before primaries

The fair has its own rituals, of which the carnival rides are small part.

JACKSON — The Neshoba County Fair is a mandatory stop for retail politicking in Mississippi, and this week’s campaign speeches are happening just a few days before party primaries for governor and other offices. Candidates mingle with the sweaty masses of people who gather in hundreds of shotgun-style cabins in the red clay hills outside Philadelphia. Most of the cabins have ...

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Analysis: State considers other options for failing schools


  When Gov. Phil Bryant approved plans by the Mississippi Department of Education last week to take over the Tunica County school district, it was a familiar process. Mississippi has taken over a district at least 19 times since 1996. Tunica joins Oktibbeha County and North Panola on the list of districts that have been taken over twice. More than ...

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Budget writer: Cuts possible if education measure passes


JACKSON — A top Mississippi budget writer is telling leaders of most state agencies to plan how they would cut spending in case voters approve a school funding initiative in November. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville, met with agency directors Tuesday at the Capitol and told them to prepare plans for 7.8 percent spending cuts. He’s requesting answers by ...

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Madison Co., AT&T settle franchise fee dispute


CANTON — Madison County has settled their dispute with AT&T. The Clarion-Ledger reports AT&T wrote a check to Madison County to cover back franchise fees totaling about $85,000. County comptroller Shelton Vance says the franchise fees were part of an agreement between AT&T and the county of Madison, reimbursing the county for the use of county roads to provide U-verse ...

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